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Voting by not voting (analyzing school budget votes)

May 26th, 2014 by Robert Lowry

Tuesday’s statewide school budget votes produced record highs for pass rate (98.2 percent), yes vote percentage (70.5 percent) and record low turnout for both yes and no votes. (The State Education Department has compiled vote counts since 2003).

When reporters and others question me about low turnout in school budget votes (sometimes citing it to challenge the significance of high passage rates), I make two points.

First, in school budget votes, some people vote by not voting.  Read the rest of this entry »

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